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Democracy Now! Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Published April 22, 2008


Headlines
Obama & Clinton Square Off in Pennsylvania
Clinton: US Could “Totally Obliterate” Iran If Iran Attacks Israel
Obama Accuses Clinton of Employing “Politics of Fear”
Pentagon Allows More Felons to Enter Army
Army Expands Involuntary Extensions of Duty
Israel Rejects Offer from Hamas After Carter Visit
Congress Urged to Probe Pentagon Propaganda Program
CNN Hires Ex-White House Press Secretary Tony Snow
New HUD Nominee Has No Experience in Housing Issues
Bush Has Highest Disapproval Rating in History of Gallup Poll
Life Expectancy Falls for American Women in 1,000 Counties
Indigenous Summit at UN Tackles Climate Change
More Headlines…

“Bishop of Poor” Fernando Lugo Wins Paraguayan Election, Ending 61 Years of Conservative Rule
In Paraguay, a former Catholic priest once known as the Bishop of the Poor has been elected president. Fernando Lugo will be the first Paraguayan president since 1946 not to be from the conservative Colorado Party. Lugo won 41 percent of the vote, beating Blanca Ovelar, who received 31 percent. Lugo has pledged to crack down on corruption and channel Paraguay’s wealth into social programs. We go to Asuncion to speak with journalist Michael Fox.

Pentagon's Pundits: A Look at the Defense Department's Propaganda Program
The New York Times has revealed new details on how the Pentagon recruited more than seventy-five retired military officers to appear on TV outlets as so-called military analysts ahead of the Iraq war to portray Iraq as an urgent threat. The Times reported the Pentagon continues to use the analysts in a propaganda campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance. We speak with Col. Sam Gardiner (Ret.) and Peter Hart of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.

A Soldier's Peace: Iraq War Vet Walks 500 Miles Across Native Utah to Call for Troop Withdrawal
Army reservist Sergeant Marshall Thompson spent a year in Iraq working as a military journalist. He reported from across Iraq, interviewing thousands of US soldiers. In October 2006, Sgt. Thompson walked the entire 500 miles across his native state of Utah to protest the war and call for a withdrawal of US troops.


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